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News Briefs: Bridge Street design open house; Downing seeks seminar participants

Bridge Street design open house Great Barrington — The Town of Great Barrington has received a $2.1 million MassWorks grant to make street, sidewalk, and utility improvements to the downtown […]

Bridge Street design open house

Great Barrington — The Town of Great Barrington has received a $2.1 million MassWorks grant to make street, sidewalk, and utility improvements to the downtown Bridge Street corridor and will host a meeting on Wednesday, January 6 at 6 p.m. at the Great Barrington fire station in order to allow the public to view and give input on the plans. The first portion of the project, on Bridge Street between Main and School Street, will begin construction in the spring of 2016. The other portions of the project are not yet fully designed.

All are invited to attend. Contact Great Barrington Town Planner Christopher Rembold at (413) 528-1619 x7 for more information.

–E.E.

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Downing seeks participants for Citizens’ Legislative Seminar

Boston — State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) has announced that he is seeking local residents to nominate as participants of the 75th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar (CLS), to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23, 2016 at the Massachusetts State House. The CLS is a semi-annual educational seminar geared toward adults of all ages interested in learning more about state government and the legislative process.

Established in 1976 via a collaborative effort between the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, the two-day seminar will feature presentations by Senators and staff on aspects of the day-to-day experience of legislators in the Commonwealth. Topics will include the history and process of the Legislature, the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate, and the future of the Legislature, and will walk participants through the legislative process.

The CLS will culminate with a simulated legislative hearing and Senate session where participants will be invited to use what they have learned and to participate as “Senators” in the Senate Chamber in order to have a first-hand experience of the legislative process.

Residents of Downing’s Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden District are invited to contact his chief of staff Chris Gilrein at Christopher.Gilrein@MASenate.gov by Thursday, February 4 if they are interested in attending. In order to be nominated by Senator Downing, applicants must submit a resume for consideration and be able to attend both days of the program. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation and lodging will not be provided by Senator Downing or the Massachusetts Senate.

–E.E.

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